London 2012 volunteers reunite to give Islington canal boat a makeover

The Olympic volunteers get to work on the Angel Boat - in their opening ceremony outfits. Picture: A

The Olympic volunteers get to work on the Angel Boat - in their opening ceremony outfits. Picture: Andy Forey - Credit: Archant

A team of London 2012 opening ceremony participants have reunited to spruce up an Islington charity’s canal boat.

The Olympic volunteers get to work on the Angel Boat - in their opening ceremony outfits. Picture: A

The Olympic volunteers get to work on the Angel Boat - in their opening ceremony outfits. Picture: Andy Forey - Credit: Archant

The volunteers, who took part in the Industrial Revolution segment of Danny Boyle’s £27million extravaganza, wanted to create their very own Olympic legacy by getting together in the name of a good cause.

Over the past two weekends they have overhauled the Angel Boat, a charitable vessel that takes youngsters and disabled people on canal tours.

The volunteers even donned their opening ceremony outfits as they scraped, sanded, treated and painted the boat in a dry dock in Uxbridge.

Thanks to their hard work, it will look almost good as new when it returns to the water at City Road Basin this weekend.


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Brian Voakes, 57, of Culford Road, De Beauvoir, one of the volunteers and also a trustee of the Angel Boat charity of 13 years, said: “It was hard work but it was brilliant – the volunteers were a force to be reckoned with.

“The Angel Boat people were overwhelmed and everyone was really excited to be back together. I hope it will be the first of many similar projects.”

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